Past Event

Civic Cinema: After Innocence

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AFTER INNOCENCE tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated – innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives. Included are a police officer, an army sergeant and a young father sent to prison and even death row for decades for crimes they did not commit.

The men are thrust back into society with little or no support from the system that put them behind bars. While the public views exonerations as success stories – wrongs that have been righted – AFTER INNOCENCE shows that the human toll of wrongful imprisonment can last far longer than the sentences served.

The film raises basic questions about human rights and society’s moral obligation to the innocent and places a spotlight on the flaws in our criminal justice system that lead to wrongful conviction of the innocent.

There will be a brief discussion following the screening featuring the following: exonerees James Newsome, Paul Terry, and Michael Evans; Mr. Terry’s twin sister, Pamela Hawkins, who wrote about her brother’s experience in a collection of stories of exonerees, Surviving Justice: America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated; and Lola Vollen, Founder of the Life After Exoneration Program.

Registration is required. The screening is free to registrants. Regular ticket prices apply for those who do not register. Email your name, the number of tickets, your address and phone, and the name of your guest(s) to

More on After Innocence:

The film features exonerees Dennis Maher of Lowell, MA; Calvin Willis of Shreveport, LA; Scott Hornoff of Providence, RI; Wilton Dedge of Cocoa Beach, FL.; Vincent Moto of Philadelphia, PA; Nick Yarris of Philadelphia, PA; and Herman Atkins of Los Angeles, CA.

It also features Michael Evans and Paul Terry, two Illinois exonerees; Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, founders of the Innocent Project which has helped to exonerate the more than 150 people freed through the use of DNA testing in the last decade; and the work of human rights activist Dr. Lola Vollen, founder of the Life After Exoneration Program.

AFTER INNOCENCE is directed by Jessica Sanders, an Academy-Award nominated filmmaker (“Sing!”), and is produced and written by Jessica Sanders and Marc Simon in association with The American Film Foundation, an Academy® and Emmy®-award winning production company. Simon attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and was a student at the Innocence Project, an experience that inspired the idea for this film. (Running time: 1:35).

AFTER INNOCENCE is a Showtime Independent Films Presentation in association with American Film Foundation. For more information, please visit or contact Ron Ramsland, New Yorker Films at 212.645.4600.